Report: Rafa Benitez expected Steve McClaren to be fired yesterday

Steve McClaren

Newcastle United managerial saga continues.

Steve McClaren clings onto his Newcastle United job, but it appears to be only a matter of time until he is fired.

Rafa Benitez has been lined up as his replacement, with The Mail claiming he has been offered £4 million per year on a three-year deal, with a break clause if the Toon are relegated.

The paper claims that Benitez expected to be in post at Newcastle already, reporting: "Benitez, however, had expected Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren to be sacked yesterday, freeing the way for his move to St James’ Park to be finalised.

"That did not happen – even though McClaren is expecting the axe – and it has delayed Benitez’s arrival by at least 24 hours."

For one reason or another, the whole process appears to be dragging on longer than anybody would like, and it cannot be great for the players who face the tricky task of facing league leaders Leicester City in their next match, which fortunately is not until Monday.

The delay must be an anxious time for both McClaren and Benitez, while supporters have been left on tenterhooks waiting for updates all week long.

Newcastle are in a precarious position in the Premier League, sitting in the relegation zone with 10 games to go, and Benitez needs to make every game count.

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